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Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

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Description

A corm plant native to the grasslands of South Africa. The cultivar 'Lucifer' is a hybrid from Alan Bloom (Crocosmia x Curtonus)Similar leaves and flowers to gladiolus.  Prefers organically rich well-drained soil in full sun with afternoon shade especially in hot climates.  Plant six corms per square foot 5"-8" deep.  It may not bloom the first year but you will be rewarded with scarlet red blossoms that draw hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard.  t will naturalize in your landscape over time.  It is wise to plant in a protected area and mulch well or dig up the corms in fall and overwinter them in a dry location if you are in zones 5 or 6a.  Or plant in containers that can be brought inside if you do not wish to dig them up.  They look best when planted en masse and make an excellent border or entryway plant.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Spider mites can cause damage to leaves and may stop the plant from fully flowering.

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#hummingbirds#tropical#butterflies#showy flowers#annual#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#corms#nectar plant#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#mass planting#flower arrangements#deer resistant#scarlet flowers#naturalizes#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#tropical#butterflies#showy flowers#annual#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#corms#nectar plant#cut flowers#rabbit resistant#mass planting#flower arrangements#deer resistant#scarlet flowers#naturalizes#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Crocosmia
    Family:
    Iridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Bulb Storage:
    Dig up in fall and store in dry material like sawdust over the winter.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Bulb
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Red scarlet flowers that resemble gladiols maturing from the bottom of the flower stalk up. Make excellent cut flowers and are often use in commerical arrangments.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Filiform
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Basal leaves parallel venation strappy and sword shaped
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Rabbits